FAQ for Skip Hire

I have a question about skip hire?

Here at RTS waste we know that you may have lots of questions. Therefore you can look for helpful information. Alternatively you can call our friendly team on 020 7232 1711.T

What can be put in the skip?

A skip can contain general waste or segregated non hazardous waste. There are restrictions on certain waste types not to be placed in a skip and a restriction on any contents exceeding a level load or over weight for the vehicle carrying out the haulage.

When a skip has just one type of waste such as; Soil Stone, Metal, Plasterboard, HDPE, Mattresses. Just talk to our friendly team to get a price for these items.

Skip hire legislation states that some hazardous waste cannot be disposed in a general waste skip. The hirer, their agent or employees, must not place any hazardous waste or chemicals into the container without first seeking the consent of the Company.

Waste that must not go in a skip

This included but not limited to :

  • plasterboard that is mixed with General waste. order a separate skip or for smaller amounts order a 1 tonne dumpy bag with your skip. 
  • Electrical appliances
  • fluorescent light tubes
  • batteries
  • fridges/  freezers and air-conditioning units
  • TV’s and monitors
  • paints (including residues inside paint cans)
  • solvents, aerosols and gas canisters
  • liquids, oil, fuel and other automotive fluids
  • asbestos,
  • roofing felt,
  • tyres
  • batteries
  • railway sleepers
  • astro turf
  • clinical or medical waste
  • toxic materials
  • large tree trunks
  • japanese knotweed and himalayan balsam 

Should those materials end up in a skip without prior arrangement, there is the possibility that an excess charge will be applied to cover the disposal cost. This is because our skips are normally hired for general waste, and hazardous waste requires alternative disposal methods.

RTS Waste offers a hazardous waste disposal service, to enquire please call our Hazardous Waste specialists on 020 7232 1711 or email sales@rtswaste.co.uk

If you want to know how we process your waste and recycle the above materials please follow Recycling

Our team are more than happy to assist with the most cost effective way to dispose of any waste you may have. so call us today or send an enquiry through the Get In Touch Form

What Sizes Can You Choose From?

Our skip hire team in Swanscombe, Kent  can provide a range of skips to suit a diverse set of needs. This includes builder’s 6 yard skips and large 12 yard skips. Below you can find information regarding the specifications of skips that are available for hire from the RTS Waste team; this includes information in both metric (metres) and imperial (feet).

4 Yard Skips  have a capacity (m3) of 5m3, and a capacity (yd3) of 4yd3. The 4 yard skips have a height of 1000mm, a length of 1830mm and a width of 1220mm.

6 Yard Skips have a capacity (m3) of 5m3, and a capacity (yd3) of 6yd3. The 6 yard skips have a height of 1220mm, a length of 2600mm and a width of 1220mm.

8 Yard Skips  have a capacity (m3) of 6.7m3, and a capacity (yd3) of 8yd3. The 8 yard skips have a height of 1220mm, a length of 3660 mm, and a width of 1680mm.

2 Yard Skips have a capacity (m3) of 10m3, and a capacity (yd3) of 12yd3. The 12 yard skips have a height of 1680mm, a length of 3960mm, and a width of 1780mm.

Please remember to ensure you have adequate space to store the skip and there is ample access for the skip to be both delivered and collected.

Also please note that you cannot place skips directly below trees.

Waste types that RTS Waste can’t accept in  Skip

Although certain wastes can not be accepted directly into a general skip, the Waste can be collected and appropriately treated for you. Some wastes are not accepted in Skips because they are dangerous. RTS Waste can manage this type of specialised waste collection for you

The wastes that can not go in a normal skip are:

Electrical appliances, fluorescent light tubes, batteries fridges, Freezers and air-conditioning units, TV’s and monitors, paints (including residues inside paint cans), solvents, aerosols and gas canisters, liquids, oil, fuel and other automotive fluids, plasterboard, asbestos, tyres, clinical or medical waste, toxic materials and large tree trunks.

If a skip is to be located  on a public highway / road  a skip licence or sometimes called a skip permit is required. RTS Waste can apply to the appropriate  local authority before the delivery takes place. 

Please note that skip permits can take up to 10 working days.

We can organise the permit for you. Just contact us and let us know the location of your skip and we can do all the rest of the hard work for you. 

RTS Waste will try  their best to delivery when you want your skip. Mostly we tell you morning or afternoon. Sometimes we  can deliver on the same day if that is what you require. Just have a chat with our friendly team who will do their best to help you. 

Access is important for our lorry to delivery the skip safely.You will also need to think about where you will put the skip.

A typical skip lorry is roughly 9ft wide, 22ft long and has a gross weight of around 17 tonnes with a full skip. 

You will need to bear this in mind if you require the skip placed in a confined or weak space (such as very narrow streets or weak bridges, behind houses etc.). You cannot locate a skip directly below low trees.

Important safety and legal information

It is of upmost importance that you do not forget that you are legally responsible for all the contents inside
the skip. This means that you must ensure that any and all of the waste disposed of using the skip is suitable for disposal in general waste and meets our terms and conditions.

This means that items of waste such as plasterboard gypsum cannot be disposed of through our skip hire waste disposal services. With regards to plasterboard, we can provide specialised collection services for plasterboard gypsum disposal. Alternatively you could choose a dumpy bag service which is a disposal container which is 1 cubic meter in size and can hold up to 200kg and is recommended for items of waste which are required to be collected separately for environmental legislation purposes, such as plasterboard (gypsum based construction waste WC 17 08 02).

It is also very important that you do not dispose of waste irresponsibly. This includes overloading the skip. An overloaded skip is a hazard; the lorry may struggle to lift the skip and the overfilled waste could be a danger to other people as the skip is being lifted or transported. So, please make sure that the contents of a skip never exceed the height of the skip’s sides.

Finally, please remember that you must never set fire to waste in a skip.

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